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LISZT, F.: Schubert Song Transcriptions (Biret)


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Between the Lines: Idil Biret talks to Jeremy Siepmann

LISZT, F.: Schubert Song Transcriptions (Biret)

“I left my heart and very probably my soul at Brighton College last Wednesday evening. It has been left in the hands of a true mistress of the piano, Turkish musician Idil Biret. Tiny and with auburn hair, Ms Biret probably has the smallest hands in the business, yet she plays up a storm. Her recital took in Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Schubert’s Ave Maria and der Lindenbaum, Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture as transcribed by Liszt and Liszt’s Sonata in B minor. Her playing is full of attack yet also subtle, deft, passionate and precise. The Tannhäuser Overture, with its simple melody and its brilliant cascading notes, was astounding. I don’t think Schubert’s Ave Maria has ever sounded so beautiful. This was a mesmerizing performance from someone who does not so much play the music as live within it. The concentration is total, the fingers become almost a blur, and yet she sits there barely moving her body as she plays. Long recognised for her popular interpretations of Chopin’s works, Ms Biret verges on genius.”
“Idil Biret claims a place apart from the mainstream piano scene: a gallant pianist with a highly refined musical culture, gifted hands, very sensitive and with a feeling for sounds, a specialist for difficulties of the highest degree. Where others begin to perspire, she remains cool, aware of her technical infallibility. She reaches the essence of romantic virtuosity: namely, poetic vision produces display of intense effort.”

Liszt, Franz

  12 Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243 (excerpts)
1.   No. 2. Auf dem Wasser zu singen 00:04:40
2.   No. 3. Du bist die Ruh 00:05:23
3.   No. 4. Erlkonig 00:04:20
4.   No. 6. Die junge Nonne 00:04:54
5.   No. 8. Gretchen am Spinnrade 00:03:54
6.   No. 11. Der Wanderer 00:06:56
7.   No. 9. Standchen (Horch, horch! Die Lerch!) 00:02:45
8.   No. 12. Ave Maria 00:06:43
  Schubert - Mullerlieder, S565/R249 (excerpts)
9.   No. 5. Wohin 00:02:36
10.   No. 6. Ungeduld 00:02:20
  Schubert - Schwanengesang, S560/R245 (excerpts)
11.   No. 10. Liebesbotschaft 00:03:12
12.   No. 7. Standchen, "Leise flehen meine Lieder" 00:06:24
  Schubert - Winterreise, S561/R246: No. 5. Der Lindenbaum
13.   Schubert - Winterreise, S561/R246: No. 5. Der Lindenbaum 00:05:10

Total Playing Time: 00:59:17

Liszt, Franz

Biret, Idil

Label: Idil Biret Archive

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 9.70871

Barcode: 730099787116

Boxset: 8.509004

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Exclusively available for streaming and download. CD only available as part of box set 8.509004, not available individually.


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